In 2022, RealNZ introduced a conservation wine to its Fiordland wine list, Wet Jacket’s ‘Putangi’ Pinot Noir. For every bottle of Putangi sold, $10 goes towards a conservation project, in either Patea Doubtful or Piopiotahi Milford Sound.
Wine for the world
Greg Hay, Wet Jacket’s founder, is a passionate conservationist as well as a trustee for Fiordland Conservation Trust, so you can imagine how well our businesses get on. As well as our contribution through bottle sales in Fiordland, Wet Jacket Wines are donating 50% of their cellar door tasting fees to the projects!
Conservation in Doubtful Sound
Enjoying a Putangi wine in Patea Doubtful Sound will send money directly to monitoring traplines on Bauza Island. Bauza is particularly important to conservation because of its proximity to the mainland and Secretary Island. It’s the perfect steppingstone for predators to get to the vulnerable species that live on Secretary Island. If we regularly monitor the trap lines around Bauza Island, Secretary Island is maintained as a refuge for invertebrates and native tree species.
This initiative has even been endorsed and supported by the Department of Conservation and works cohesively with other trapping efforts in the region!
Conservation in Milford Sound
In Milford Sound, the Putangi money will go directly to the trapping project at Harrison Cove. The cove is known to be a habitat for Fiordland crested penguins, especially when they are most vulnerable, breeding and moulting. Trap lines have been set up around Harrison Cove to protect them, and the funds from the wine will contribute to improving the trap lines and operational logistics in reaching the area. There are even now ‘penguin hotels’, for breeding female penguins to enjoy around the foreshore.
As of Autumn 2023, Wet Jacket Wines have donated $5440 from their cellar door, and we have sold 558 Putangi bottles, donating $5580.